IXEG took to the X-Pilot forum page to reveal ongoing development on an upcoming Boeing 717 rendition for the X-Plane platform.
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Key Information on the IXEG B717’s Development
The developer, best known for their 737 Classic release on X-Plane 11, stated that the Boeing 717 will become the next aircraft to join their product line-up. Through this project, IXEG will become the first developer to release a rendition of the 717 for X-Plane.
Tkyler, a staff member from IXEG, clarified that the development of the Boeing 717 is not currently the team’s main priority. Instead, the team is busy on porting their Boeing 737 Classic rendition to X-Plane 12. Therefore, the 717 will see passive development for the time being.
Additionally, TKyler stated in the short post that IXEG estimates the 717 to be released near the end of 2024, at best.
Sneak-Peak Screenshot of the IXEG B717
Finally, a screenshot depicting the exterior model of the upcoming aircraft was attached to the post. The aircraft seems to be equipped with deployable airstairs and Rolls-Royce BR700 turbofan engines.
The post was intentionally kept brief as the developer wants to focus on their 737 Classic rework for X-Plane 12. To learn more about the rework, read Oliver’s article on the matter.
Background Information on the B717
The Boeing 717, initially known as the McDonnell Douglas MD-95, was developed by McDonnell Douglas in the 1990s as a successor to the DC-9 family of aircraft. The Boeing 717 featured a modern glass cockpit layout and incorporated advanced noise reduction technology for a quieter cabin environment. Despite its modern design and advanced features, the Boeing 717 faced challenges in terms of market demand and timing. Only a total of 103 Boeing 717s are in service today, among the ranks of Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian and Qantas Link.